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    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi toured the Gaza border area on Tuesday. During the tour Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned residents of communities in southern Israel to brace for a possible escalation of the hostilities, saying the situation between Israel and Hamas is one of an inevitable clash. Defense Minister Barak vowed that if Hamas attempts to abduct another IDF soldier, Israel will launch a harsh response on an international level. 11/12/08